A jubliant Radoslaw Walczak our 2nd Officer completing the half-ironman competition this weekend in Gdynia.



Our Second Officer, Radoslaw Walczak is currently based on board a DP shuttle tanker Madre De Deus  operating in Brazil while at the same time training to compete in Ironman competitions. An ironman competition is a triathlon event, which typically involves a 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and a 42km run.

Training for such triathlon event can take up two to three hours a day so how does Radoslaw manage this? "It can be difficult however if you really want something, you find the time by giving up other activities - in my case playing games or watching TV".

Despite the fact you are surrounded by water getting resistance training to build up for the event is the biggest challenge. "You can train with resistance bands, which emulates the feel and resistance of a swimming pull stretch," adds Radoslaw. "Riding the bike and running is of course different on a machine than in reality but you are able to do most of the programme."

Nutrition plays a big part in training so regular meals on board with the correct nutrition is essential - eat healthy. Michael Wiesner, director of training at V.Group's catering school in Manila explains some of the elements that are required in a diet to support such an activity. Food is fuel and if you plan to complete a heavy training session you need the right kind of fuel.

Michael also highlights the importance of staying hydrated during exercise: "A good starting point is two to three litres of water per day."

"While ironman training isn't for everyone, we work with professional nutritionists in the Ukraine, India and Philippines to ensure that our Ship cooks understand nutritional requirements. Our crew will find all the nutrition they need on board their vessel regardless of their training aspirations."